When it comes to the Star Wars Franchise we never can get enough of the duo Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker aka Darth Vader, for many, they have an interesting relationship and a connection not easy to explain.

The Star Wars Franchise’s long journey begins with its first movie A New Hope in 1977, after which it has been a popular sci-fi space drama of all time and became a part of pop culture. Now in the present, we have Disney bringing to us another part of the Star Wars Franchise, Obi-Wan Kenobi, we get a lot just from the name, this is all about Obi-Wan and when we say Wan it’s obviously not without Darth Vader. So what’s new we will be seeing here and how much have we witnessed between them, let’s see more about it.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi took place after ten years of its last franchise series Revenge of the Sith, 2005 so it’s a sequel to what happened afterward.

A Brief Recap of “Revenge of the Sith”

In the Revenge of the Sith, we saw the disillusioned Anakin Skywalker who lost his hope and will to be with the Jedi and he became untrusty of all of the people he was close with, he even started to doubt his beloved wife Padme Amidala.

He struggles to come back to his former self but he becomes more and more lost in his own delusion which helps The Force to manipulate him and make him an easy target to bring into the dark world of Sith.

During the process of him turning into Darth Vader, the Sith Lord he has lost kinda everything, his strong will to become a Jedi Master, and a capable man just like his beloved and respectful mentor Obi-Wan, and the death of his only other half Padme. Even after becoming Darth Vader he is full of regrets, rage, and hatred, and wants to take revenge on the Jedi, especially wants to confront Obi-Wan, and that’s what he did in Revenge of the Sith.

Now when it comes to the ending duel of the series between Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi in the lava-filled Mustafar, it’s the most emotional kind of a battle we have seen in the Star Wars franchise.  Both Vader and Kenobi fight fiercely but something seems lacking and both were not fully going against each other, the battle ended with Vader’s defeat as his arm and legs were severed by Kenobi and he was left alone in the fire to die.

And this part is what causes the most painful scene, Vader crawling toward Kenobi and both can be seen in emotional deep pain. Vader even raises his one arm toward Kenobi but he just steps away neither ready to kill him completely with tearful eyes and leaving him to whatever end he is destined to.

Now in the newly released Obi-Wan Kenobi, we have seen another fight between the two, and this time it’s the opposite of what happened in the Revenge of Sith.

Here we have seen Kenobi not having any motive to fight back against Vader and was just ready to be defeated and killed by him without putting back any fight. So our question will be why did Obi-Wan let Vader kill him? Wait, did we say kill him, so was he actually killed, let’s find out.

Why does Obi-Wan Let Darth Vader Kill Him?

What happened in the ending episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi is the first duel between Vader and Kenobi, they confront one another when Kenobi was lured into it after Leia was kidnapped.

But he faces off against Vader aka Anakin, here the obsessed Vader finally meets Kenobi and is ready to take him down and kill him, but the fight just seems one-sided and Kenobi just doesn’t seem to be motivated to fight back. But another reason is also that Kenobi was just living a solitary life hidden from others and lost most of his motivation to fight for any reason hence we can see his weakness.

Kenobi also had a guilty consciousness of what led Anakin to become Vader and feel responsible, so, he didn’t even mind being killed by Vader and this made Vader angrier toward him.

The fight then ends with Kenobi falling to the ground and being defeated then Vader ignites a blazing fire with his lightsaber and drags and pushes Kenobi into the fire just as he was in Mustafar. He let him die in the blazing flame just as he was left all alone by Kenobi but later he was rescued by the imperial officer Tala.

Why did Vader let Obi-Wan Go?

We have already found most of its answer but let’s know it separately, Vader just put him on fire and didn’t kill him, just as Kenobi did to him, remember in the Mustafar duel. So, was it sympathy or forgiveness? Well, we don’t think it is anything like that. The main reason for him to let Obi go is, firstly he wanted to give him back the taste of what he did to him, and secondly, Vader now is just on another level for Kenobi to fight him, he is now powerful.

So Vader doesn’t want to fight a weakling but he wants Obi to come back to him like his old self who was always ready to fight back against his opponent with his full might without holding back. So he just let him escape intentionally, we still have more episodes to come, to see the real fight between them and it was just the beginning and just a little playfight we can say, and the big fight is yet to come.